Postdoctoral Research

NEW! We are currently seeking a Postdoctoral Researcher in Genomics (fixed period 15.1.2020 – 31.1.2022)


We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic postdoc to join our Ecology & Evolution of Interactions Group.

We are looking for candidates with strong background in genomics, with bioinformatics skills in analysis of large genomic data sets and a keen interest in evolutionary biology. Candidates should already have a PhD (or be about to obtain it), in molecular ecology, bioinformatics or other relevant discipline. We hope the postdoc to be able to start as soon as possible. The contract will end on 31.1.2022 (an extension is possible).

We use wood tiger moths (Arctia plantaginis) as our model. This moth is a Holarctic, warningly coloured, polymorphic moth in which alternative colour morphs differ in behaviour, physiology and ecology.

The project aims to determine the molecular regulatory mechanisms underpinning the colour polymorphism. Integrating knowledge from these different regulatory levels (i.e. molecule-molecule, predator-prey, and mating preferences) will allow us to elucidate how different factors determine the overall fitness of the different phenotypes.

The project will be carried out in close collaboration with Prof. Chris Jiggins (Cambridge University) and the postdoc will work both in Cambridge and Jyväskylä.

We have already generated a high quality reference genome assembly using a trio-based assembly method for the study species (N50>10Mb). We have resequenced data and have identified a candidate region for the colour polymorphism. The proposed work will use RNA-seq and ATAC-seq, as well as genome assembly of additional reference genomes in order to understand the evolutionary origins of the polymorphism and the regulatory networks that underlie the phenotypic variation.

To get more information about our research please visit https://predatorpreyinteractions.com/research and https://heliconius.zoo.cam.ac.uk.

The annual salary range will be approximately  38,000 – 54,000 EUR (gross income, including holiday bonus), depending on the qualifications and experience of the candidate.

For further information please contact Academy Professor Johanna Mappes (johanna.mappes@jyu.fi), Dr. Juan Galarza (juan.galarza@jyu.fi), or Professor Chris Jiggins (c.jiggins@zoo.cam.ac.uk).

To find useful information about the University of Jyväskylä, the City of Jyväskylä and living in Finland, see the University’s International Staff Guide.

Please attach the following documents to the online application form:

  1. Curriculum vitae (CV), composed according to good scientific practice and considering, when possible, the template for a researcher’s curriculum vitae by the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity. A list of two referees and their contact information must also be included in the CV.
  2. Short application / motivation letter, including research interests and plan.
  3. List of publications covering all the scientific and other publications of the applicant.
  4. Relevant certificates / diplomas

Please submit your application at the latest by 6 January 2020 11:45pm (GMT +2) using the online application form available here.

Other Postdoctoral Opportunities

Johanna is keen to collaborate with post-doctoral researchers interested in predator-prey interactions. You can apply for Fellowships from a number of organisations: 

If you are a non-EU citizen, you may be eligible for funding from: 

We are also very keen to host research fellows. If you are thinking about writing a fellowship application and fancy working somewhere with nice colleagues with a strong evolutionary ecology focus, email Johanna (johanna.mappes@jyu.fi)!

Opportunities for PhD Students

Currently None